Mayoiga – The drama mystery show with a dull plot and cast of primarily boring characters. When I first saw the PV for this show I had high hopes. Recently Diomedea has a habit of alternating between cookie cutter romance comedy shows and generic action shows; so I was hoping this would help their stagnation since KanColle. In a sense, it did. Admittedly I did enjoy the show’s experimental visuals at times and there were a few characters that I didn’t want to execute. But I think the real monster of the show is the absence of any creative or entertaining writing.
Boku Machi showed high promise in its previews and being somewhat of an A-1 Pictures fan, I was very excited for this show. The title in itself was intriguing enough, “The town where only I am missing”. It sounds like a line of a really pretentious poem and it clearly distinguished itself from the rest of the shows in the season.
Breaking away from the traditional and expected genre pairings is an incredibly hit or miss strategy. Although some shows have flourished in its innovation to present a fresh idea to its audiences, Haruchika fell flat on so many levels that it was upsetting to watch. Giving praise where it’s due, creating a mystery/romance narrative is quite complex and the show’s ability to juggle these themes is still quite commendable. However, when assessed as a whole series, not only were its characters unlikable and its soundtrack underwhelming, but its impact as a mystery series was so lacklustre that I doubt anyone will even remember this show in a couple of months.